An aspect of our consciousness is focused on individual truth so we can consider the self a unique and peculiar aspect of the whole, which is on a quest of total self-awareness.
Let me begin by reminding you of the fact that the possession of true thoughts means everywhere the possession of invaluable instruments of action; and that our duty to gain truth, so far from being a blank command from out of the blue, or a ‘stunt’ self-imposed by our intellect, can account for itself by excellent practical reasons.
The importance to human life of having true beliefs about matters of fact is a thing too notorious. The possession of truth, so far from being here an end in itself, is only a preliminary means towards other vital satisfactions.
William James in his 1906 essay, Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth shines a light on truth and we begin to shake our head in wonder. Truth is a vacillating concept that conforms to individual beliefs so matters of fact change as we become more aware of the diversity that exists within the psyche. That contrast is pertinent since factual events are built on significances and associations which are familiar to us.
An aspect of our consciousness is focused on individual truth so we can consider the self a unique and peculiar aspect of the whole, which is on a quest of total self-awareness. Individual consciousness experiences reality through its own characteristics, and the whole expands during those events.
We stamp the universe with our own conscious imprint, which is significant and valuable to the consciousness within the universe. We attract events from the universe that are suitable to our nature, and then stamp them with our individuality. Significant events happen in patterns, and when we become aware of them they become cause and effect. Those events can be considered heavy-duty significances and truths. Our habits and associations are tools that help us physically feel these significant events.
In the psyche these significances exist all at once, and they can be tuned into physical awareness at any time. Emotional intensities manifest certain events, and they become a truth until some other event or association expands that significant occurrence. Truth is not chaotic. It maintains its structure through an ordered sequence of significances. They are kept separate in this reality, but are combined in an overall actuality.
Significances are truths that manifest from certain biological, psychological, and physical activity in time and space. When individual conditions match our specific individual consciousness we experience truth in a pragmatic sort of way. Those truths give us reasons as well as the desire to expand the self. In larger terms, we are aware of all the activities that create significant events, but they may not become physical unless certain codes are activated in the psyche that creates intent, drive, and emotional intensity.